Our two brahma roosters have been banished to the woodshed. The charge? Sexual harassment. Half our hens are sporting bald patches from overuse, and now one of the more shabbily treated layers has expired – perhaps due to the ongoing over-aggressive overtures. Not sure, and no autopsy is scheduled, although the crows and coyotes will perform a thorough post mortem. I blame myself in that I believe we have a few too many chickens and too little coop to expect copacetic communal cohabitation through the long winter. The roosters are beautiful creatures, great big well-feathered boys, but we didn’t want them in the first place (a sexing error at the hatchery) and I can tell you they are destined for vittledom.
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